Pascagoula Group Wants To Bring USS Ticonderoga Back Home

Since Ingalls built the U.S.S. Ticonderoga in the early 1980s, the ship has traveled from Iraq to Libya, defending our country all over the world. Now the decommissioned ship sits in Pennsylvania, schedule to be cut up for scrap metal next year. But Pascagoula Renaissance Commission members Frank Corder and Dr. Jack Hoover are hoping to rescue the guided missile cruiser.

"We have an opportunity to get her here as a museum, and as a tourist attraction," Hoover said.

"It is going to be a great asset to Pascagoula," Corder said.

Mississippi has museum ships in the state, and the group believes moving the Ticonderoga to this ship building city will be a success.

"We are surrounded by water, this will bring many, many tourists," Hoover said.

It will cost more than $8 million to fix up and move the Ticonderoga to Pascagoula, so the group is calling on the city council for help.

"The council will have to write a letter of support, or a letter of intent, that we would will like to explore the option to get her," Hoover said.

"Trying to slow down the process of having the ship moth balled further, and trying to make it fit in our vision," Corder said.

Corder and Hoover are hoping the ship is placed right here near Pascagoula's riverfront area, so tourists and residents can have easy access to downtown, just one block away. That would also place the ship close to Northrop Grumman, the shipyard where it was built.

The Navy must also sign off on the project. The Florida Maritime and Warship Museum is working with Pascagoula on this project.